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Alyssa is a freelance writer who has worked in almost every field of writing. But no genre is more enjoyable than snarking on the latest episode of her favorite TV shows.

Top 5 Reasons To Watch BBC's 'In The Flesh'

May 30th, 2014 9:00am EDT
In The Flesh
In the Flesh is one of the best shows on TV. So, why haven’t most people heard of it? The BBC 3 series takes places years after the dead rose from their graves and started attacking the living. Sounds like an overly familiar premise, right? However, In the Flesh is a completely fresh take on a tired horror trend. Instead of taking place in the midst of the bloody conflict between the living and dead, the series is set after the major fighting has ended. Scientists have figured out how to rehabilitate the zombies and have begun placing them back into society.

The protagonist, Kieren Walker,...
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'Fargo' Recap: The 5 Best Moments Of 'Buridan's Ass'

May 21st, 2014 11:06am EDT
Fargo
Here are the best moments from last night’s bloody episode of Fargo:

1. The Sad Story of Don Chumph

Glenn Howerton’s character, Don Chumph (get it? because he’s a chump?), has been hit and miss on the show. His accent is atrocious and his motivations are foggy. He’s not smart enough to be a worthwhile player or dumb enough to be fun. But tonight was by far his best episode.

When Malvo gives him a voice changer, he immediately does what any human being would do. “Luke, I’m your father,” he says with a distorted voice. Malvo immediately slaps him.

Don asks for a 60-40 split on the black...
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'Game Of Thrones' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'Mockingbird'

May 19th, 2014 8:24am EDT
Game of Thrones
As one of the few, but rabid, Sansa Stark fans, “Mockingbird” was the episode I was most looking forward to this season. The title alone, which represents Littlefinger’s house sigil, promised a deeper look into her situation at the Vale with her crazed aunt and pedo-tastic white knight. But I was also skeptical. The show has a tendency to take some of the biggest non-wedding moments from the books and makes them smaller than they should be. Since the show has been switching around the timeline in order to stuff as much action as possible into a single season, it was a little disappointing t...
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'Fargo' Recap: The Best And Worst Moments Of 'The SIx Ungraspables'

May 14th, 2014 9:17am EDT
Fargo
Fargo has continued to grow into one of the best series on television. Since it was initially introduced as a limited series, there’s always this feeling like anything could happen. The bad guys could get caught at any time and the good guys could end up dying. Still, I’d love if the show could continue on, even if it had to be in a True Detective-like anthology series. The series’ voice is so unique and fun that it’d be a shame to lose it.

“The Six Ungraspables” continues the streak of fun, horrifying, and compelling moments. However, it also had some of the weakest moments of the whole s...
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'Game Of Thrones' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'The Laws of Gods And Men'

May 12th, 2014 11:26am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'The Laws of Gods
Here are the best and worst moments of this mostly great episode:

Best: Stannis Gets Told Off by the Iron Bank of Braavos

I’ll admit that I’m not fan of that loser Stannis. He’s the boring guy that shows up to a party and interrupts every conversation with his sad-sack boring life and ministry. He’s the type of dude who thinks he’s righteous, but kills his own followers. When he goes to the Iron Bank of Braavos for financial backing of his war against the Lannisters, it’s clear he thinks that proclaiming that Tommen is a bastard is enough to get all the gold he needs to win a war. But the...
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'Fargo' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'A Muddy Road'

April 30th, 2014 9:06am EDT
Fargo
Here are the best and worst moments from the third episode of Fargo, “A Muddy Road:”

Best:

Opening flashback: We’re you wondering who the man Malvo was carrying around in his trunk in the pilot was? Well, that question was at least partially solved in this episode. The man had been dragged out of his work by Malvo. The image of him being dragged through the office, out of the elevator, and through the parking lot perfectly illustrates the terrifying nature of him.

Malvo while highlighting the humor of the show. We already know that after Malvo shoved the man in the trunk, he got into a...
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'Fargo' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'The Rooster Prince'

April 23rd, 2014 8:26am EDT
'Fargo' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'The Rooster Prince'
The second episode of a new series is always a good indication of the direction the show will be going. The pilot is basically a pitch to the networks and to viewers, highlighting the characters and overall plot. However, the second episode is usually written and shot weeks later, after plenty of conversations and revisions. While Fargo’s pilot was a bit more focused, shocking and dark, the second episode “The Rooster Prince” is filled with the promise of what the show could be. There’s still that tone of dark comedy with characters that are compelling and fun, but the episode wasn’t near a...
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'Game Of Thrones': The Best And Worst Of 'Breaker Of Chains'

April 21st, 2014 10:14am EDT
'Game Of Thrones': The Best And Worst Of 'Breaker Of Chains'
After last week’s incredible and shocking episode of Game of Thrones, it was expected that the next chapter would be a bit of a cool down. The aftermath of one of the most satisfying deaths in television history should have been more chaotic, with people scrambling to find their place in this new order. However, most the characters seemed to be pretty blasé about the death of their king. It would have been interesting to see one episode of total disorder before everyone got to fixing the kingdom. Still, the episode had its fair share of good and bad moments. Here are the best and worst part...
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'Fargo' Recap: Memorable Moments From The Pilot 'The Crocodile's Dilemma'

April 16th, 2014 9:22am EDT
'Fargo' Recap: Memorable Moments From The Pilot 'The Crocodile's
FX is on a roll. The network has consistently put out quality original television, like Justified, The Bridge, and The Americans. (But let’s ignore Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management.) They take risks in programming and allow the show runners to control their product without too much interference. That’s why it’s safe to start watching any new FX series with high expectations. Fargo, which is loosely based on the Oscar-winning 1996 film, is the newest addition to the stellar FX roster.

Characters Worth Remembering:

Lester Nygaard: As King of the Sadsacks, Lester (Martin Freeman) is meekne...
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'Game Of Thrones': The Best And Worst Of 'Lion And The Rose'

April 14th, 2014 4:20pm EDT
Game of Thrones
Last week’s premiere of Game of Thrones was a return to what the show does most mediocre. There were overly long scenes featuring the least interesting characters, unnecessary sexposition, and only brief glimpses of the real power players. Worrying for the opening of what should be the most thrilling season of the show yet, to say the least. However, it also did a bit of what it does the best, including the amazing dynamics between fascinating characters like Arya/The Hound, Sansa/Tyrion, and Jamie/Cersei. This week’s episode also served up much of what the show does well and what it does p...
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